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Thursday, May 28 2015
Proverbs 30: Where Did Agur Get His Wisdom?
"The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy"
While King Solomon (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Solomon) is commonly-regarded as the author of the Proverbs, he was not the only writer. There is a lesson, in itself, about how and why others were also given to write some of them.
Solomon's great wisdom, in his youth, was wisdom based upon the Word of God. When Solomon abandoned the true Light of God's Wisdom, he became a fool (see the Fact Finder question below).
Agur was not a king or anyone "great" (the Bible records nothing else about him), but he had great wisdom because he lived by God's wisdom - true wisdom. While he declared that "I neither learned wisdom [i.e. worldly, carnal wisdom], nor have the knowledge of the holy," he paradoxically was a very wise man because he knew and declared that "Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him."
"30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,
This Day In History, May 28
585 BC: The "Battle of the Eclipse" near Sardis in western Turkey (Sardis was the location of one of the seven church congregations to whom the Book of Revelation was written; see also Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?). The sight of a solar eclipse, as predicted by the Greek scientist Thales, caused a truce to be called between Alyattes and Cyaxares (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1156: William of Sicily put down a revolt against his rule, defeating the Byzantine fleet at Brindisi.
1503: James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor according to a Papal Bull ("bulletin") issued by Pope Alexander VI.
1533: Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury (who had been appointed to the position after being the Boleyn family's pastor), declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn to be valid, contrary to the decree of Pope Clement VII.
1859: The bell known as "Big Ben" was transported on a carriage, pulled by 16 horses, from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry to Westminster.
1588: In an attempt to return England to Papal authority, the Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 marines, left Lisbon (the Armada was destroyed at sea by the Royal Navy).
1754: During the Seven Years War between Britain and France (commonly known in North America as the "French and Indian War"), British forces under George Washington (then a loyal Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army) defeated a French force at the Battle of Jumonville Glen in Pennsylvania.
1898: In Italy, The Shroud of Turin was first photographed in Turin's Cathedral, where it had been housed for 320 years.
1934: The Dionne quintuplets (Cecile, Annette, Yvonne, Emilie, Marie) were born in Callender, Ontario. They became the first quintuplets to survive infancy.
1937: The Volkswagen (in German, Volkswagen means "people's car") automobile manufacturer was founded in Germany. Adolf Hitler ordered the mass production of a basic automobile for two adults and three children. The result was the Volkswagan Beetle.
1940: The evacuation of the Allied armies from Dunkirk began. By its completion on the night of June 2, a total of 224,585 British and 112,546 French and Belgian troops had been saved from death or capture. In a speech directed at Adolf Hitler, warning of the bloody mauling that a German invasion force would face if it crossed the Channel, Prime Minister Winston Churchill said in Parliament "we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."
1948: During the Israel War of Independence, the Jews surrendered the "Old City" of Jerusalem to King Abdullah's Arab Legion (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1972: The Watergate burglary: White House "plumbers" (a team of political "operatives" established by Richard Nixon to stop information "leaks" from within his regime) broke into Democratic National Headquarters.
1972: The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the English throne to marry the divorced U.S. "socialite" Wallis Warfield Simpson, died in Paris.
1982: Pope John Paul II arrived in Britain on the first visit there by a Pope since 1531.
1995: A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Russian town of Neftegorsk, killing 2,000 people.
1998: In response to nuclear weapons testing by India, Pakistan conducted a series of nuclear detonations of its own.
2004: Foreign occupation forces in Iraq "approved" the "democratic choice" of Ayad Allawi as Prime Minister of Iraq.